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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, a Production Assistant, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, a Production Assistant, and More.

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Oct. 16 2018 4:39 PM

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Work For Slate!

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Slate is a multimedia digital publishing company focused on covering culture, technology, politics, current events, and business. Over the past 20 years our smart, witty takes have been recognized with numerous accolades and have won us industry recognition, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. Our readers are aggressively curious about the world—and so are our employees.

If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate just so happens to be hiring.

Open Positions
Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Slate is looking for an executive assistant and office manager to be part of a dynamic digital media company. The individual in this role will manage Slate's D.C. office and provide day-to-day administrative support to key executives and leaders. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with the management team and with award-winning journalists, podcast creators, and industry-leading design, business, and technology professionals. The ideal candidate is a jack-of-all-trades with a strong attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. Applicants must be curious, problem-solving, proactive self-starters who are efficient, creative, and personable. An interest in media is preferred; the office is full of smart, kind, fun, and funny people who are constantly talking and thinking about the news itself and journalism as an industry. Slate welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

Operations associate responsibilities:

  • Act as the point person for all things pertaining to office life
  • Manage office access by creating access fobs and maintaining access system and managing guests
  • Work closely with other members of the operations team
  • Work with outside vendors including the building to procure supplies and maintain office and computer equipment
  • Facilitate and schedule internal and external meetings with various departments and clients
  • Greet visitors and guests
  • Plan and execute office events and charitable efforts
  • Organize and sort mail
  • Ensure the office is tidy and well stocked at all times
  • Order groceries on a weekly basis and catering/treats as needed

Executive assistant responsibilities:

  • Act as the point of contact between the executives and internal/external clients
  • Manage executive appointment calendars by planning and scheduling both internal and external appointments, including meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and more
  • Coordinate and schedule travel for a busy team
  • Manage projects and conduct research; handle requests and queries appropriately
  • Maintains confidence and protects our operations by keeping information confidential
  • Prepare and file expense reports and invoices in a timely manner
  • Prepare research for meetings and interviews
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Attributes of the ideal candidate:

  • Top-notch communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt to various requests and projects with ease
  • High level of competency with minimal supervision
  • Must have ability to maintain high level of discretion, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Magnetic personality—comfortable dealing with people all day long
  • Proven ability to prioritize, problem-solve, and work efficiently under deadlines
  • Laser-sharp attention to detail and hyperorganized at all times
  • Cool under pressure, ability to flex as needed in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience using the Google suite of office tools as well as MS Office and Keynote
  • Ability to maintain a regular schedule of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the downtown D.C. office
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Bonus points:

  • Experience in a professional online news gathering organization
  • Passionate about Slate's editorial and audio content
  • You have a go-to karaoke song in your back pocket

This position reports to the VP of people operations. To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com including "Executive Assistant & Office Manager" in your subject line.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Production Assistant

Slate is hiring a production assistant to join the tightknit, scrappy team pioneering Slate's first daily news podcast.

You don't have to have a ton of experience, but you must be hungry. Maybe you've taught yourself how to edit audio because you got obsessed with radio stories. Maybe you found yourself drawn to podcasts because they offered just a smidge more intimacy than radio. Maybe you aren't a journalism school graduate, but you are a student of the news, examining how different outlets attack the same story. You are not exhausted by this news cycle—you are energized by it.

The right person for this job can deal with ambiguity—our show is going to grow and change a lot in its first year. You don't take yourself seriously, but you're passionate about the work. You're kind and generous with your colleagues, but you can articulate your concerns and solve problems as they crop up.

The right person for this job knows it isn't merely a stepping stone. You're committed to making this show fantastic. This is a bizarrely fortuitous opportunity to build a show from scratch, and you want to know what that's like. This show is based out of Slate's Brooklyn offices.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work on a team to shape each day's show: identify the top news stories every day and monitor stories that might become more urgent.
  • Pitch guests who can speak with verve and break down intimidating stories.
  • Edit audio quickly and flawlessly on Pro Tools.
  • Cultivate our network of friends of the show. You are a collector of fun people, you are a natural casting director, you are helping our show host put together the best daily party available for download.

Requirements:

Here are some things that you, the perfect candidate, have:

  • 1 year of work experience in hard news
  • 1 year of experience in audio editing. Excellent digital audio editing skills on Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, or Hindenburg.
  • An abiding love for wallowing in tape. You will have to do a lot of audio editing.
  • Excellent writing
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Humility. We are assembling a team of X-Men, and everyone has a superpower, but you must respect your team and the outer bounds of your knowledge.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com. Please include Production Assistant in your subject line.

Politics Editor

Slate is hiring a politics editor to drive our coverage. We're looking for an editor full of ideas about how to cover the Trump administration, its effect on America and the world, and the coming 2020 fight. This position is based in Washington, although exceptional New York–based candidates may be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assigning and editing Slate's daily politics coverage
  • Planning and executing ambitious editorial projects, whether investigative features or conceptual packages
  • Working closely with other Slate editors to coordinate coverage
  • Giving Slate's audience the smartest possible ways to think about and understand the world

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny mind and pen
  • The ability to quickly find the most fascinating and illuminating kernel in every news story
  • At least 7 years' experience working as an editor online
  • Familiarity editing coverage that incorporates various digital mediums, including video, audio, interactive, infographic, and more
  • At least 5 years' experience covering U.S. politics
  • Experience editing both reporting and analysis—we do both
  • The ability to edit for voice, helping to nurture and elicit great work from talented writers
  • A fast metabolism and strong organizational skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to politicseditor@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Staff Writer, Science and Technology

Slate is hiring a full-time writer for its technology and science team. We're looking for a high-energy journalist who wants to stake out a few key beats—which could include anything from the environment to cybersecurity to space to gadgets to statistics to internet culture—and then write intelligently, swiftly, and with verve on those topics. Whether the job is more tech- or science-focused will depend on you and your interests, but either way, we're looking for someone to interpret, probe, and drive the news through reporting, analysis, and argument. Though this job is based in either our New York or Washington offices, we'll consider exceptional remote candidates.

Requirements:

  • A sharp mind and pen
  • At least two years' experience working in science or technology journalism
  • A deep well of story ideas
  • Top-notch organizational and communication skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity

To apply, submit a cover letter, a résumé, a short critique of a recent Slate technology or science story (no more than 400 words), and three clips or writing samples (Word docs preferred) to staffwriterjob@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Senior Editor

Slate is hiring a senior editor to help run our news, politics, and legal coverage. We are looking for someone with high energy, ambition, a strong sense of what is and isn't important to cover, and a wealth of ideas about the news of the day. This senior editor must be hungry to analyze, clarify, and break news, be able to work with both staff and freelance writers of various levels of experience, and have excellent communication skills to succeed in a fast-paced news environment. It's important that this editor be collaborative and flexible: We need someone who's able to move between teams and stories as the news dictates. A typical day for this editor might involve making assignments and editing copy on several important and ongoing stories—the Supreme Court nomination process, the Mueller investigation, ICE, the midterms—and helping out several section editors at once. While the ideal candidate will have a politics or legal background, the most valuable things you can bring to Slate are sharp editing skills, high interest in current events, and a real understanding of the kinds of arguments we strive to make here. This position is based in New York or Washington.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Editing analytic and reported coverage of breaking news
  • Generating ideas for quick takes, explainers, essays, reported features, and cover stories
  • Motivating writers in a news cycle that never sleeps
  • Supporting and working with our jurisprudence and politics editors
  • Collaborating with writers and editors across the magazine on larger sitewide initiatives

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny, decisive mind and pen
  • At least 5 years' experience working as an editor or writer, preferably as part of a team
  • A deep well of story ideas and understanding of the political and legal landscapes
  • Top-notch organizational and communication skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

To apply, please send a résumé and short cover letter to senioreditor@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Interactives Editor

Slate is hiring an editor to design, build, and collaborate on interactives and data visualizations.

Interactives are vital to Slate's coverage. Our projects take on a variety of topics, from politics to culture to science to sports, and range from charts and maps to games and puzzles to custom-built interactive tools. Some of our most exciting work in recent years, like "The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes" and "The Year in Push Alerts," has used interactivity and visualization to engage our readers and help them better understand the world. Now we have a great-looking and lightning-fast new website and we want a brilliant, creative journalist-programmer to build great things on it, both alone and in collaboration with our writers and editors. The position is full-time, on staff, with benefits, and can be located in either Slate's New York or Washington offices.

The person we're looking for will have some or all of the following skills:

  • High proficiency in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience using front-end JavaScript libraries like VueJS, D3, Angular, or React
  • Experience using back-end web frameworks like Express (or other Node frameworks), Ruby on Rails, or Django
  • Experience using database systems like MySQL, PostGreSQL, or MongoDB
  • Experience crunching and wrangling data using Excel, R, or other statistical software
  • Working knowledge of user experience, accessibility, and responsive design principles
  • Working knowledge of design skills like layout, color, and typography
  • Demonstrated skill at information design and data presentation

We're also looking for:

  • Sharp news judgment
  • Strong writing and editing ability
  • The ability to be self-directed and self-teaching
  • A knack for coming up with smart, surprising ideas

To apply, send the following to interactives@slate.com: a cover letter, a résumé, and links to lots of cool stuff you've worked on (with details of your contribution, if it's not clear).

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Software Engineer

Slate is hiring a software engineer to help us build the next iteration of Slate.com. The ideal candidate will have experience with full stack web development as well as experience in content publishing and scaling.

As a software engineer you'll be responsible for leading other software engineers on the team in choosing and implementing technologies that power Slate.com and other microsites and -services. This position is one for an individual contributor and does not require managing other developers.

Tech You'll Encounter at Slate

As an engineer at Slate, you'll encounter loads of interesting technologies including Node, ElasticSearch, Express, Vue.js, Python, Django, Redis, RequireJS, Postgres, Gulp, Rabbit, Docker, Grunt, and more.

Desired Qualities of a Software Engineer

MUST

For this position to be a good fit, you MUST:

  • have several years of experience building websites (apps are good, but websites are important). You should also know the difference!
  • consider yourself an expert in JavaScript. You're able to explain and talk through the changes coming along in ECMAScript but don't mind writing jQuery when you need to fix something.
  • have experience with scaling web content—you know when to use the CDN vs. a cache, where that cache should live, key-value stores, and load balancers
  • have strong git skills—you know when and where to rebase and understand the value of branching
  • have experience with continuous integration (Jenkins, Travis CI, etc.)
  • have extensive experience with the command line
  • have an interest in Slate/the news/publishing content that lots of users see
  • have empathy (especially for users of websites and software)

SHOULD

For this position to be a good fit, you SHOULD:

  • have experience with agile development
  • have once tried to build your own CMS and understand how complicated of an idea that is
  • recognize the section headers in this job posting
  • have knowledge of the current web landscape. Why is React so popular? What's the difference between CommonJS and AMD and did ECMAScript 6 make it obsolete? Why can't all the things be handled by Babel?
  • be located in D.C. or NY (we cannot pay relocation for this position)

MAY

To apply for this position, you MAY:

  • send your résumé to talent@slate.com with the subject line "Software Engineer"
  • include a brief statement about yourself and why you think Slate would be a good fit for you
  • include links as you see fit (github? a thing you've built?)

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com including "Software Engineer" in your subject line.

Legal Writer and Editor
Editorial Internships
Science Intern

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Nov. 1. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant. There is currently no summer internship on the science desk.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship should be available to work in Slate's Washington office between 20 and 40 hours per week. (We can schedule hours around classes.) They will tackle a mix of duties, including research, assisting with the Dear Prudence live chat, and writing for the Slatest and Future Tense verticals. They must be organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be familiar with Slate's style of analysis and opinion. They must also be able to work efficiently and without much supervision. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage, currently $13.25 an hour.

To apply, please send a single PDF that includes a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word response to any Slate story from the past month (this should be a critique of the author's arguments, not comments on grammar or sentence structure), and three clips to dcslateinterns@slate.com by the deadline below. Please put the season and year (e.g. "Spring 2019 internship") in the subject line of the email. Only finalists will be contacted.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Spring (January through April): Deadline is Nov. 1.
Summer (May through August): Deadline is Feb. 1.
Fall (September through December): Deadline is July 1.

New York Editorial Intern

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office up to 40 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you. This is a paid internship.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the fall New York editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 22.